Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Saturday, Jan 4, 2014 at 8:57 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Two-Wheeling It on Catalina Island

Two-Wheeling It on Catalina Island

Rolling around Avalon? Going more adventurous? Yes to both! Read »

Sunday, Dec 29, 2013 at 10:38 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Greeting the New Year on the Edge of the World

Greeting the New Year on the Edge of the World

Hooting-it-up in the middle of a crowd is fun, but some quiet is lovely, too. Read »

Wednesday, Dec 4, 2013 at 5:06 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

You, 2014, and One of California's Great Buildings

You, 2014, and One of California's Great Buildings

Dance in the new year inside Catalina Island's Casino Building. Read »

Sunday, Nov 17, 2013 at 11:50 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Ocean Christmas: A Very Catalina Season

Ocean Christmas: A Very Catalina Season

Decorations, shopping, and a certain New Year's Eve party round out the yuletide. Read »

Wednesday, Sep 18, 2013 at 5:22 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Arrrr? Arrrr! Talk Like a Pirate Day

Arrrr? Arrrr! Talk Like a Pirate Day

Sure, you can talk like a pirate anywhere, but why not with other pretend pirates? Read »

Saturday, Sep 7, 2013 at 10:13 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Cinematic Isle: Catalina Film Festival

Cinematic Isle: Catalina Film Festival

Sharon Stone is an honoree at the 2013 island-based soiree. Read »

Monday, Aug 26, 2013 at 6:29 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Your Avalon Centennial Planner

Your Avalon Centennial Planner

The island-sweet deals continue throughout the year (but the year is going). Read »

Thursday, Aug 15, 2013 at 6:09 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Two Harbors Treat: Discover Catalina Package

Two Harbors Treat: Discover Catalina Package

Long to try both island cities over one trip? You can. Read »

Sunday, Jun 30, 2013 at 11:28 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Go to Catalina, for Free, Every Day, for 100 Days

Go to Catalina, for Free, Every Day, for 100 Days

The Catalina Express has an offbeat way to mark Avalon's centennial. Read »

Saturday, Jun 22, 2013 at 8:22 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Waterski to Catalina (Really)

Waterski to Catalina (Really)

Ready to waterski to Catalina Island? And back? Read »

About
A good time is just a short drive away, and Worth the Drive points you in the right direction. It's a daily look at nearby getaways, festivals and sweet deals.
Travel Kit

GET A ROOM

Hotel deals around the Golden State that don't nab all your gold.

ROADSIDE ATTRACTIONS

Giant drive-through donuts? We got your giant drive-through donuts right here.

LA GETAWAY

People the world over book their vacations in Los Angeles. You can, too.

SPOTLIGHT SAN DIEGO

From wine tasting in Temecula to visiting Shamu at Sea World.

WAKE UP IN VEGAS

Pools and glow-in-the-dark margaritas and dice and nice suites. Oh yeah. You're going.

Authors
ALYSIA GRAY PAINTER Alysia Gray Painter has blogged for NBCLA.com since October 2008, covering Los Angeles go-outs, restaurants, museums, hotels, as well as nearby Worth the Drive destinations. She served as the West Coast Managing Editor for AOL CityGuide, as well as the Los Angeles editor; she has also written for Bark magazine, McSweeney's, Modern Humorist, and PBS programs and publications.